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Álvaro Wants PNE To ‘Kick On’ After Hull City Draw

18 February 2023

First Team News

Álvaro Wants PNE To ‘Kick On’ After Hull City Draw

18 February 2023

Álvaro Fernández said it was good to keep a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Hull City, but he wants PNE to “kick on” and return to winning ways.

The Spanish left wing back, on loan from Manchester United, played 90 minutes and put in another good performance as North End took a point from the MKM Stadium.

In the first half, the Tigers enjoyed the better of the chances, but the PNE backline stayed firm to keep a 13th clean sheet of the campaign, despite losing Andrew Hughes to injury in the first half.

Álvaro said: “We came to fight for the three points. It’s always better to get one point than nothing, so we have to kick on to come back to the wins.

“It was a tough game because at the beginning it wasn’t [going] very well, but the second half we changed and it was better.

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Match Report: Hull City 0 PNE 0

18 February 2023

“We were good [defensively]. Hughesy came off with an injury, but we were good.

“I think always defensively we are comfortable; we are together so it is good for everyone.

“It’s always good to get back [to keeping clean sheets]. We have to score, we have to get back to the wins and hopefully soon.”

Álvaro had been without a start since the beginning of January until the midweek draw against Luton Town, when he replaced Robbie Brady.

Keeping his place for the visit to Hull, the Spaniard was again bright, and he feels he’s “doing well” at PNE, but aware that there’s still plenty he can improve on.

With three months or so left of his loan deal at Deepdale, Álvaro is clear what he wants to achieve with the team.

He said: “Always we are together. We know what we want at the end of the season, and hopefully we get that.

“We are a team, we have to know sometimes it’s the moment for other ones.

“We are everyone together to – at the end of the season – reach the Play-Offs hopefully.”

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